ELLENSBURG — Central Washington finished a successful homestand on a high note at Nicholson Pavilion.
The Wildcats beat Concordia 25-13, 25-21, 25-14 for their third straight sweep, breaking a tie for fifth place in the GNAC. Ashley Kaufman led Central (6-4 GNAC, 11-7) with 10 kills and libero Kyla Morgan totaled a match-high 22 digs.
CWU highlights: Ashley Kaufman 10 kills, 13 digs; Bridgette Webb 8 kills, 3 digs; Makala Swart 8 kills, 7 digs, 2 blocks; Lexi Schamadan 8 kills, 2 blocks; Diana Fa’amausili 6 kills; Gaby Aihara 25 assists, 7 digs; Sydney Remsberg 12 assists; Kyla Morgan 22 digs; Julia Mellander 2 blocks.
Yaks swept at CBC
PASCO — Taylor Chaney had seven kills and Tearsy Freeman had 17 assists but Yakima Valley College was swept by Columbia Basin in an NWAC East Region volleyball match Friday night.
CBC won 25-14, 25-18, 25-13, dropping the Yaks to 2-9 in the region and 6-24 overall.
YVC loses home finale
Yakima Valley’s finishing woes continued in a costly 1-0 loss to Spokane.
The Yaks controlled parts of their home finale and put some strong pressure on late before succumbing to a team they beat 2-0 in Spokane earlier this season. They’ve scored only two goals during a four-game winless stretch that might prevent them from earning the school’s first-ever playoff bid.
YVC will need to make up six points — or two wins — over the final three NWAC East matches to catch third-place Spokane. The Yaks (5-2-3 GNAC, 9-4-3 overall) play the league’s bottom three teams, starting with Blue Mountain next Friday, while Spokane faces the top two and North Idaho, which sits in fourth place two points ahead of Yakima Valley.
First half: 1, Spokane, Lizzy Gonzalez (Frankie Schade), 22:00.
Second half: No goals.
Saves: Brianna Krygier (SCC) 9; Brynlee Ward (YVC) 9.
Wildcats lose in OT
ELLENSBURG — Central Washington’s three-game unbeaten streak ended with an overtime goal in a 1-0 home loss to Seattle Pacific.
Goalkeeper Emily Thomson made six saves but the Wildcats (3-1-1 GNAC, 5-4-1 overall) couldn’t put any of their six shots on target.
First half: No scoring.
Second half: No scoring.
Overtime: 1, Seattle Pacific, Megan Moore, 92:00.
Saves: Riley Travis (SPU) 0; Emily Thomson (CWU) 6.